The Universe Plasma/energy weapons: These range anywhere from pistols to hand grenades, from sniper riffles to tanks. NOTE: Helga's speciality is with an energy sniper/tactical riffle. Because of her artificial eye, she has no need of a scope. Yes, she was left-eye-dominant to begin with. Other: Tablets- people finally started realizing how bad bright screens were for the eyes, and... Everything else. The standard tablet works like a scroll, with the actual screen being completely transparent. Content such as words appear in bold letters that stand out from the rest of the environment. Vehicles- Cars run completely on auto-pilot for anyone who isnt smart enough to know how to override. However, being smart enough to know how to be rid of the auto-pilot does not mean you're a genius. Human driving is illegal when on a road system. They also hover, and no one remembers what it's like to drive down a bumpy road and have their butts go numb from the vibration. Body modifications- Modifications have gone beyond piercings and tattoos. Some people who may be considered bolder than the average norm, are able to have their very DNA altered to grow any sort of appendage they want. Tails, ears, fur; all of these are common among rebels. Amputation is required to be rid of extra limbs, as the process is irreversible. The Mechs Replacing the usual combat vehicles of most human military forces, these machines stand between 7 to 17 meters tall. Powered by fusion engines located beneath the cockpit, these mechanical monstrosities are capable of traveling at speeds exceeding that of tanks. Utilizing the excess energy from their engines, they're able to support an impressive array of weapons in their hardpoints. Utilizing a titanium-tungsten alloy for the skeleton and armor of the mech, these machines are practically impervious to small arms fire. However, the shields they are supplied with are only capable of deflecting energy-based weaponry, with mass rounds not even phased. In most scenarios, the only thing that can destroy a mech is another mech or prepared fortifications. OTG rounds can easily cripple a mech, however, as they don't stand a chance against the massive ship-carried batteries. Plot: Mankind has been at war for nearly 23 years now. Their allies are a race of highly intelligent insects called Sectids, and the warrior reptilian species of a planet too close to the sun for human comfort. The enemies: the Greys. Sectids- have been Earths closest allies for nearly a hundred years. On their home planet -- a place that should be a massive dust bowl -- their biggest export is a variety of exotic fruits. Reptilians- Not much is known about them, as they've only made their existence known within he past five years. Some things that we do know: they live on a planet where the average temperature is 109 degrees Farenheit, and they seem to like it that way. The atmosphere on their ships is always hot and dry. Another known fact, is that the Reptilians are a rather violent race of hunters and predators. Eat or be eaten. So far, this species is only considered Earths ally because the two races have a common enemy... Greys- are a dark race that has plagued humankinds nightmares for many, many, many years. Standing, the average Grey stands at nearly nine feet tall, with long arms and legs, and small, black eyes. The Greys largest advantage over the human military is their telepathic abilities. Soldiers go through training, but sometimes it's not enough to keep these aliens out of their heads. ________________________________________________________________________________________ Watching the time slowly tick away on his old-styled watch, Lieutenant Alexander Verodin idly wondered when his wingman was supposed to get here. He remembered them telling him that it was a young woman, but nothing much beyond that. Swinging his legs atop Stomper, he studied his tablet as he checked off that each part of the mech was in the right place. Equipment hardpoints, check. Armor, check. Engine working... Looking to the side, he shouted at his crew chief "Mike, the engine up and ready to go?" Getting a thumbs up, he continues to go through the check list. Currently aboard Olympus Station in the Delta Aquila system, he leaned back on his mech, sighing as he patted it's armored shoulder. She's taking too damn long...Better be worth the wait.